Lignite phase-out endangers water balance for Mönchengladbach

Plans for filling are postponed

The timing of the Rhine water requirement, which is intended to fill the so-called eastern residual hole (areas outside of the opencast mine and the areas of the opencast mine that have already been mined but still have to be restored) and to support the groundwater balance and surface water, will be postponed. Because every opencast mine reduction means a different availability of sump water and thus replacement water.

“Even if the exit scenario sounds good, we see a significant and permanent hazard potential for the entire natural and water balance, including the drinking and service water supply in the northern area,” says Bonin. “Our ideas of realizing an Innovation Valley would probably no longer be feasible.” (hp)

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